Featured by ASCAP as a “Composer to Watch,” Aaron is an Australian composer based in New York City. Composing for Film, television, concert hall, and theater he was awarded Australian Young Composer of the Year, as well winning a Telly Award for Best Music/Jingle for “Etihad." Nominated for Best Song at the Hollywood in Media Awards, he is also the Music Assistant to Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty And The Beast,” “Aladdin”). Aaron’s film work has been featured at film festivals around the world, including Cannes, Tribeca, Montreal, Zurich, St Kilda, Austin, and many more. His feature film scores include the Australian psychological thriller “Crushed,” Indigenous documentary “Remaking the Pathway,” as well as a live concert performance of the Buster Keaton classic “Seven Chances." He has also written music for several advertising campaigns, including GUCCI, Samsung, and Honda. Aaron has been nominated for several APRA Screen Music Awards, as well as winning the prestigious APRA Professional Development Award for Screen Music. A graduate from the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music with Honors in Composition, he also graduated from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School with a Diploma in Screen Music. Aaron also received his Masters in Music Composition from the Steinhardt School at New York University, where he was also a recipient of several scholarships.
Adam Alexander is an award-winning composer, music producer and sound designer from Sydney, Australia. A creative professional with over 15 years industry experience - Adam understands the art and business of music. Adam founded Bamm Bamm Wolfgang, Musical Works & Sound Recordings - a boutique, full service post sound house working across all modern media platforms, with the intention of providing a professional service with the integrity & quality expected of a craftsperson. As a composer, Adam’s musical voice has been described as emotively insightful and poetically functional. Adam has provided original score for live-action and animated films which have enjoyed success at international film festivals, as well as original music and sound design for a number of award winning projects - including TVCs and games (including VR and AR) for clients and agencies worldwide. An experienced producer and innovative sound designer, Adam has been twice nominated for, and awarded, the Best Sound award at the Australian Screen Sound Guild awards (Live-Action Short 2019 and Animated Short 2014). As a music producer and songwriter, Adam has developed a keen intuition for vocal production and commitment to artistic integrity, working with a number of Australian recording artists - recently producing the debut album for Crystal Cities between his Sydney studio in Ultimo and London's iconic Abbey Road Studio 2. A lifelong fan of the incomparable Jim Henson and a passionate advocate for five star family entertainment - Adam is currently developing an original epic fantasy world with his longtime collaborator, animator and director, Robertino Zambrano. With a philosophy of positive creativity and open collaboration, Adam desires to work on projects that inspire and challenge and ultimately make the world a better place.
Adam started playing music from a very early age. A trombonist, and a singer first, he moved on to the tennis racquet in front of the mirror at sixteen and was obsessed with guitars ever since. A bachelors in Jazz Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a post-grad degree in Film Scoring from the prestigious Australian Film Television and Radio School have him in good stead as one of Australia’s best rising young composers in Film and TV. Adam has emerged as a key player in the jingle world and his work is regularly featured on the airwaves in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the US. In 2016 he was honoured with the APRA Screen Music award for Best Music in a Short Film, for "Banana Boy". Adam's performance career has seen him play and tour with some of Australia and the USA’s most valued performers, including: Marcia Hines, Ben Vereen, and Chris Potter to name but a few.
After studying music in Melbourne, Adrian moved to Sydney to work at Song Zu in 2013 to hone his passion for screen composition. As of 2019, he is now composing and creative directing out of Song Zu’s Singapore studio. His film credits include the Oscar nominated short film ‘The Eleven O’Clock’ (2016), the critically acclaimed stop animation ‘Lost & Found’ (2018), which won Best Music for a Short Film at the 2018 APRA Screen Music Awards. His TVC work has also been awarded, with Dan Murphy’s ‘There’s Always More To Discover’ winning Best Music for an Advertisement at the 2019 APRA Screen Music Awards, and his dazzling score for ‘Foxtel 4K’ winning a 2019 PROMAX for Best Music Composition.
With a Masters from the University of Melbourne, Alessandro is a horn player, pianist and composer. A champion of Australian music, he has enjoyed promoting local composers through his work at 3MBS-FM, the Grainger Museum and Move Records, and by adjudicating for Tropscore and APRA. Allesandro can be reached on email@example.com
APRA Ambassador Amanda Brown has been composing music for stage and screen since 2000. Prior to that she was a member of The Go-Betweens and she has also recorded and performed with R.E.M, silverchair, & Josh Pyke. She is a multiple award winner with over 40 screen credits
Andrée Greenwell is one of Australia’s leading and most versatile composers, working across the performing arts and screen industries. A multi-award winning composer, she is the recipient of the prestigious Australia Council for the Arts Music Fellowship, to compose works in 2018-2019. Andrée’s credits for over 100 scores include for Sydney Theatre Company, Symphony Australia, Australian Dance Theatre, Malthouse, Bell Shakespeare, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Film Australia, Total Films, ABC, Queensland Music Festival and Sydney Festival. Screen credits include two feature documentaries ‘Back to the Back of Beyond’ about the groundbreaking Australia filmmaker John Heyer; and ’Refugio:TX’ by USA film director, Anne Marie Hess. As artistic director and composer of Green Room Music, Andrée has composed full-length performance works for Australia’s leading stages including the Sydney Opera House: ‘The Hanging of Jean Lee’, ‘Dreaming Transportation’, 'The Villainelles', and ‘Laquiem: Tales from the Mourning of the Lac Women’. Her multidisciplinary work ‘Gothic’, with triple screen HD projections by UK artist Michaela French, is to be remounted at the Melbourne Arts Centre, in 2018. Her most recent release is ‘Listen to Me’, a music broadcast/podcast in response to the problem of gendered violence.
Andrew Batterham is an Australian composer, arranger, songwriter, and performer. He is active across many genres including art music, jazz, corporate music, big bands, TV, and educational music. His music has been performed, recorded and broadcast in Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA, by artists ranging from jazz legend James Morrison to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. After studying composition with Brenton Broadstock, Andrew worked as a trumpet player and pianist in the Melbourne commercial scene for many years. Upon winning the Qantas Youth Award of the Paul Lowin Prize, he travelled to New York to study with Broadway arranger Ian Finkel, and to London for lessons with John McCabe. Other achievements include the Corbould Composition Prize (Queensland Symphony), participation in the Australian Composers Orchestral Forum, commendations in National Songwriting Contest, and commissions from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and many other organisations. Commercially Andrew’s music has been heard on TV and radio, in short film scores and corporate events. He has also arranged orchestral backing music for albums by various artists. Recent activity includes Concertino for solo tuba and wind band (winner of the Harvey Phillips Award), premiered by Sérgio Carolino and the Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa at the São João Festival in Portugal; residencies at the Sydney International Brass Festival and the Gravissimo festival, Portugal; performances at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, a playlist for makingwaves.com, and CD releases for Tall Poppies and Cala Records (UK). Andrew is published by AvA Musical Editions (Europe), Potenza Music (USA), Reed Music, Wirripang, Lyrebird Press, the Australian Jazz Real Book, and the Australian Music Centre. He works at the Australian Institute of Music, Melbourne campus.
Andrew Scott is an experienced Performer, talented Arranger and formidable Composer. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the AFTRS. He is a prolific composer and has scored TV programs, commercials and documentaries. He is also an an in-demand session and jazz musician
Andrew is a multi instrumentalist and award winning composer, holding a Bachelor Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Andy runs his own music production company Phonograph Productions in Sydney, producing music for Film, Television, Radio and Social media content. Winner of the Tropfest 2016 Best Original Score award.
Angela is an accomplished composer and vocalist who holds a Master of Arts from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. She has extensive experience across film and television, with credits including AACTA nominated documentary "Zach's Ceremony" and feature film "Chocolate Oyster". In 2018 Angela was awarded the Sandra and Alan Silvestri Scholarship, being the top ranked applicant to undertake a Master of Music in Screen Scoring at the University of Southern California.
Anisha Thomas completed her Bachelor of Music (Composition) degree with Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Her music has featured at international and national festivals and productions and the Sydney Opera House. Her career as a screen composer has included scoring for the award-winning film Curated Illusions, as well as a variety of other short films, documentaries, a television series and a feature film. Anisha is the owner and director of the sound and music production house Sound-how, leading a diverse team of composers and sound designers. Sound-how not only provides great sound and music for various on and off-screen projects, but also prides itself on being a social enterprise, as part of their funds go towards causes helping underrepresented groups and communities.
Antony Partos is one of Australia’s most awarded film composers. His passion lies in creating innovative scores that morph acoustic with an eclectic mix of bespoke elements. Credits include ANIMAL KINGDOM, THE HOME SONG STORIES, RAKE (ABC TV) and REDFERN NOW.
A valued and respected member of the music community in Australia and abroad, with over 40 years of international experience including 2000 hours of television music scoring, recorded & toured with Barry Manilow, Minnie Riperton and was musical director for Demis Roussos. Art served as President of the AGSC from 2001-2008, and was Vice President from 1992-2000
Ben Talbot-Dunn is a composer and sound artist working in film, television, advertising, installation, dance and theatre. While living and performing as a singer-songwriter in Glasgow, UK, his love of film and electronic music combined as he began to explore composition for media. Having returned to Melbourne after seven years he has focussed his time and energy on becoming a world class composer/producer of music. He has created music for advertising content alongside agencies such as The Monkeys, Cummins & Partners, Mr Smith, Glitch Media and Risk Sound, composing for major campaigns with brands such as, BP, Kraft, CPA, Coles, Peters, Movember and Porter Davis. He is extremely committed to creating music for feature films and is especially interested in the psychology and emotional persuasion music has within this medium. Ben has also worked on a raft of Melbourne theatre projects as well as creating sound design and music for installations and other live performances. He is the singer and songwriter for the band Open Swimmer who will release the follow-up to their acclaimed debut, Canyon, in late 2019. Working out of his beautiful home studio in the coastal town of Point Lonsdale, Victoria, his main love/distraction from making music (after his kids) is surfing.
Brett is an AFI and APRA Screen Music Award winning screen composer known for his collaborative approach, efficiency and versatility across multiple genres and media. A classically trained pianist, he won the 2000 Annual Pete Carpenter Fellowship (BMI Foundation, NYC) and travelled to Los Angeles to work with Emmy and Grammy award-winning television composer Mike Post where he composed music for LAW AND ORDER: SVU and generally couldn’t believe his luck. Since then he has scored more than 50 films including features, documentaries and series, many of them highly acclaimed and awarded internationally, co-composed over 80 episodes of children’s television across 4 series, written for award winning short films, and even a prime time game show for Network Ten! His music has been heard locally on ABC1, SBS, Network Ten and internationally on BBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet, The History Channel, ZDF, Discovery, Netflix and many more. He has been nominated for six APRA Australian Screen Music Awards, winning ‘Best Music for a Documentary’ for TIGER DYNASTY (2012) and ‘Best Music for a Short Film’ for LUCY WANTS TO KILL HERSELF (2009). He has also been awarded an Australian Film Institute (now AACTA) Award for his work on RARE CHICKEN RESCUE in 2008, received an AFI nomination for his contribution to the acclaimed documentary A THOUSAND ENCORES: THE BALLETS RUSSES IN AUSTRALIA in 2010, and an AACTA nomination for co-composing JAMES CAMERON'S DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D in 2014. Recent credits include the 6-part Network TEN series TODD SAMPSON'S BODY HACK, the ABC documentary CAN WE SAVE THE REEF?, co-composing the international feature film THE LONGEST SHOT with multiple award-winning screen composer Burkhard Dallwitz, and he has just concluded work on the 20-part children’s series THE BUREAU OF MAGICAL THINGS for Jonanthan M Shiff Productions, the creators of MAKO MERMAIDS.
Bruce Rowland is possibly Australia's best known screen composer. For THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER he is often credited for creating the 'Australian Sound'. He wrote the music for over 40 films; 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony; and the Oscar & BAFTA nominated animation "The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello". Awards include AFI/AACTA, ARIA and APRA
Bryony is one of Australia’s most sought-after screen composers. She brings classical rigour and an insider’s perspective to her work. Bryony is currently composing the music for Josh Thomas’ new series, Everything’s Gonna Be OK for Freeform in United States and the third series of Mustangs FC for Matchbox Pictures/ABC TV. She has recently completed work on Frayed for ABC TV/Sky UK; Damon Gameau’s new feature documentary 2040 and Lambs of God for Lingo Pictures/EndelmolShine/Foxtel. Bryony’s score for Barracuda was awarded ‘Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie’ at the 2017 APRA Screen Music Awards. She won ‘Best Original Score’ for Berlin Syndrome (2017) and Noise (2007) at the FCCA Awards. Her chamber opera Crossing Live won a Green Room Award for Best New Australian Work in 2007. Published soundtracks include 2040, Lambs of God, Please Like Me, Cloudstreet, Don’t Tell, Berlin Syndrome, Barracuda, A Month of Sundays, Noise, Felony, Summer Heights High, Angry Boys and The Happiness Box. Bryony completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Composition for Film and Television with 1st class Honours from the University of Melbourne’s Conservatorium of Music, and attended the inaugural Composers’ Program at the Australian National Academy of Music. She has received many commissions, including 4 string quartets, a quintet and a sextet, an opera excerpt, a chamber opera and most recently a chamber work, Schism, for the Southern Cross Soloists. Adapted from the seminal Australian Children’s Book by Changi POWs David Griffin and Lesley Greener, her 40minute work for orchestra and narrator, The Happiness Box, commissioned by Symphony Services Australia, has been performed by MSO, NZSO, QSO and most recently SSO.
Regarded as one of Australia’s leading screen composers and acclaimed internationally, Burkhard Dallwitz was born in Germany. In 1979 he came to Australia and studied music at Latrobe University majoring with Honours in Composition. Since 1984, Burkhard has worked as a composer for feature films, television and commercials and has been the recipient of several APRA/AGSC Screen Music Awards and nominations. In 1999, he was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Original Score in a Motion Picture for Peter Weir’s THE TRUMAN SHOW, starring Jim Carrey. This score also won the Chicago Film Critics’ Award and the ASCAP Film and Television Award, and the soundtrack reached number two on the Billboard charts. In 2001 he won the APRA award for Best Television Theme for the 2000 SYDNEY OLYMPICS, and the following years saw a long list of APRA/AGSC and AACTA and ARIA awards and nominations for several feature films, documentaries and television drama series, most notably for the UNDERBELLY franchise. Burkhard’s second collaboration with Peter Weir was THE WAY BACK, and in 2011 the score was nominated for Feature Film Score of the Year. In 2015 Burkhard scored the multi-award winning ABC Mini Series THE SECRET RIVER directed by Daina Reid and produced by Stephen Luby. This score won the 2015 Screen Music Award for Best Music for a Television Mini-Series and was nominated for the 2015 AACTA award for Best Original Music Score in Television. In 2016 Burkhard scored the 6 part Television series WOLF CREEK for STAN, which premiered to critical acclaim. 2017 saw Burkhard co-score the big budget Chinese feature film THE LONGEST SHOT, directed by Xu Shunli. He also scored the AACTA Award-winning series SUNSHINE directed by Daina Reid and produced for SBS. Currently in 2018 he is scoring the Netflix/ABC drama series PINE GAP.
Current President of the Australian Guild of Screen composers and a graduate of Screen Composition at AFTRS, Caitlin Yeo has composed the music for many film and TV projects including critically acclaimed feature film The Rocket, Priscilla Cameron’s The Butterfly Tree, channel 7 Tele-movie The Killing Field, the TV themes, Tashi and Compass, and The House With Annabel Crabb. Caitlin's musical style comes from a fascination with music from different cultures, 20th century composition and a deep love of telling stories with music. Caitlin has received a swathe of accolades including APRA screen music awards; Feature Score of the Year for The Rocket (2013), Best Music for a documentary for Getting Frank Gehry (2016), and Bomb Harvest (2007), an OzFlix award for After The Apology, and been nominated twice for an AACTA award.
Caleb Jacobs is a Sydney based composer, music producer, songwriter and musician. Drawing from his experience as a guitarist (Le Pie , JuliaWhy?) Caleb creates expressive, narrative driven scores and soundscapes utilising a combination of acoustic, synthesised and found sound. Since graduating from AFTRS in 2015, he’s contributed music to feature films, short films, dance pieces, fashion films, digital content and TVC’s. This year his music soundscape was featured at Vivid as part of the ‘Infinite Room’ installation. For Caleb, the joy is in collaboration. The conversations that lead us to the heart of a story; whether that be a film, song, installation or performance.
Cameron Patrick is an Annie Award nominee and AGSC Screen Music Award winner whose screen experience spans 30 years. He is an accomplished composer and orchestrator of music for film and television, with composing credits that include working on four seasons of The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries (1996-2000) for Warner Bros. Television Animation; and scoring legendary director Chuck Jones’ six last animated shorts, four of which were released theatrically by Warner Bros. His orchestration credits include Spider-man: Homecoming (2017), Zootopia (2016), Jurassic World (2015) and Inside Out (2015) amongst many, many others. He has composed commissioned works for Camerata in Brisbane and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; and is also an accomplished violinist and violist, with an extensive list of credits in the film, television, theatre and recording industries. Cameron is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s film scoring program and was an instructor in the UCLA Extension’s Film Scoring program from 2015 to 2017. He has been involved with the Queensland Music Festival for the past six years in partnership with the Griffith Film School and conducted and presented education concerts with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2019. Cameron is a professional member of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers, the Society of Composers and Lyricists (US), the American Federation of Musicians (US) and Broadcast Music Inc. (US). He is currently Head of Screen Music at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School.
Composer for film, television and orchestra whose work claimed numerous awards. Cezary’s credits include “Death Defying Acts”(with Catherine Zeta Jones) Lilian’s Story (with Tony Collette), Two Hands (with Heath Ledger), Tiger (with Mickey Rourke), The Sapphires (with Jessica Mauboy) and most recently TV mini series “Picnic At Hanging Rock” with Natalie Dormer. Cezary’s music from a feature film “Blessed” was performed in a concert by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and from “Red Dog” by Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2018. Cezary was a musical director of APRA Screen Music Awards in 2008 and 2011. In 2003 Cezary received Centenary Medal “For Service To Australian Society And Australian Film Production”.
Chris Cobilis is a sound maker living and working in Perth. His 20 years toiling as an improviser and playing in bands has informed an ad-hoc practice taking in conceptual composition, installation and original music for feature films, dance and theatre. Cobilis has performed internationally since 2006 and in 2012 undertook an Asialink Arts residency in Taiwan. Additionally Cobilis has been the administrator of SymbioticA since 2011; a role concerned primarily with managing its laboratory and residency program. In 2015 Cobilis created This Is You; a conceptually-driven work centred on the birth of user-generated media: the emergence and endurance of Australia’s and America’s Funniest Home Videos. This Is You was interpreted live in studio by the Grammy nominated Spektral Quartet and the voice of Kenneth Goldsmith (poet laureate of MoMA NY): both responding to texts derived from episodes of both TV shows. "...a bewildering model of the feedback loop between sun-light/consciousness, and probing the relationship between technology and the way we perceive ourselves… -Boomkat.com, 2016
A screen composer with feature film and TV drama credits spanning 35 years, including Turtle Beach, Bodyline, Farscape, GP, Emerald City and The Shiralee, he has represented the interests of composer colleagues since 1987 and is currently serving as a writer director on the APRA Board.
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Cornel Wilczek is an Australian award winning screen composer and music producer. He is driven by experimentation and the desire to find something new in music. Working with colour and contrast, he combines lush, acoustic sources with home-made electronics to take listeners to new places and help create unique worlds for his projects.
Dr Craig Morgan is an active member of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC). Craig is the ‘Chair of the Health and Well-Being Subcommittee’ because of his tireless work illuminating the needs of the AGSC membership regarding their Mental Health and Well-Being. In April 2018 Dr Morgan gave a series of lectures in Sydney and Melbourne outlining the symptoms screen composers should be aware of - but most importantly, what treatment options they have. Craig is an annual jury member for the Australian Academy of Cinematic and Television Arts (AACTA), Tropfest, Tropscore and KidzFlickz. Craig is skilled in Pro Tools, Audio Post Production, Piano and Flute - and is easy to work with. Craig holds a Graduate Diploma of Screen Music from Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) – Craig’s major project ‘PIG’ was an Official Selection 61st Berlin International Film Festival in 2011. This, together with a strong Master of Science (MSc) Research publication and a groundbreaking Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from The University of Sydney, makes Craig a formidable asset to your film-team.
Dale Cornelius has been described as highly inventive, a truly unique artist, and having an ability to evoke an immediate emotional connection with an audience through music. His distinct scores and musical diversity have made him one of Australia’s premiere film and television composers. Dale has received multiple nominations and awards for his work in television drama, documentary and feature film here in Australia and overseas, amongst which; winning the AACTA for Best Sound/Music in a Documentary (2013) for Dr. Sarmast’s Music School and Best Television Theme Award at the Australian Screen Music Awards (2013) for The Doctor Blake Mysteries. He has composed music for feature films, television drama, reality TV series, children’s television series, telemovies, documentary series and feature length documentaries. Some of Dale’s work includes; supernatural thriller feature film ‘Backtrack’, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neil, 'Mother With A Gun' for Netflix U.S. and being commissioned twice to compose all the music for Australia’s pavilions at World Expo in Nagoya, Japan and Shanghai, China.
Damien Lane is an award winning film composer and multi-instrumentalist, with a nuanced and singular approach to his scores. An alumnus of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, his compositions have spanned documentary, feature films, animation, theatre, concert hall commissions and more. Damien’s work has been recognised at the peer-judged APRA/AGSC Screen Music Awards and APRA Professional Development Awards. In recent years Damien has diversified into arranging, orchestrating and producing. He also contributes to soundtracks as a songwriter and performer, drawing on a background as a guitarist, vocalist and trumpet player in numerous bands and ensembles. Known for distinctive, compelling scores that are not easily categorised, Damien’s work is always sensitively wrought and meticulously crafted for each story.
Dan's a Sydney-based screen composer who is passionately reviving orchestral scores by pairing them with his signature piano sound and modern production techniques. He spent three years studying audio engineering before completing his composition degree from the Queensland Conservatorium and postgraduate study at AFTRS. Dan's music features on several festival-winning short films and documentaries, some of which have screened at Festival de Cannes; and numerous cinema and television advertisements, such as for the RSPCA. Although based in Sydney, Dan maintains a strong connection with Brisbane’s Aldergrove Studios sound production house.
Having been surrounded by films and television at an early age probably has something to do with his strong passion for story telling. He chose organised sound as a medium to tell other people’s stories as well as his own. Film music has always been his great love and every opportunity to serve a great picture is serenity as he puts it. Lim studied at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney Australia earning his stripes as an emerging film composer from the land down under. His sound is minimal, elegant and experimental although he does know how to pack a punch if needs be. Lim earned his first award nomination at the St Kilda Film Festival in Melbourne 2016 for his score for ‘Little Boy Blue’. He picked up his first award win 3 years later at the Made In The West Film Festival in Sydney for his ‘Campesinos’ score, which was reviewed highly by many peers and judges. Lim has a strong foundation in musical story telling, which is evident through his music, Darren Lim currently writes full time for film, television and advertisements at Rumble Studios Sydney.
David Cheshire is a classically trained Melbourne based composer, lyricist, pianist and music editor/engineer with a body of live and recorded work spanning more than three decades. His first foray into the world of television was as a sound assistant and music editor at Crawford Productions working on classic Australian drama such as The Sullivans, Cop Shop, All the Rivers Run, Carson's Law, Flying Doctors and Henderson Kids. He is proud to have been involved in the production of David Bridie's seminal album, Another Pond with the eclectic and award winning band, Not Drowning, Waving. David's experience blossomed composing music for documentaries, Mountains of Change and Iceshelf. A career highlight was writing the score for Sir David Attenborough's Portrait painter to the birds an ABC Natural History Wildscreen Series. Other TV series credits comprise Neighbours, Lift Off 1 & 2 (winner AFI Best Children's Drama), Li’l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers (nomination for Best Song in a Series, Mini-series or Feature Film in the AGSC Awards), Embassy 1 & 2, Pig’s Breakfast 1 & 2 and Winners & Losers. His live shows for the stadium feature Australian Outback Spectacular and The Man From Snowy River Arena Spectacular (ARIA Award for Best Cast Album). David's scores for A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie and When The Rain Stops Falling have been performed on a more intimate stage. David enjoys a long close working relationship with renowned composer, Bruce Rowland involving collaborations on many productions. Standouts include US TV series Ponderosa, feature film, The Cup and The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello (winner Short Film Grand Prize, Annecy International Festival of Animated Film, BAFTA and Academy Award nominations). More recently he is delighted to have completed 52 episodes of the children's animated series Jar Dwellers SOS for Viskatoons on Channel 11.
David Hirschfelder was raised in the country township of Ballarat, about 110 kilometres northwest of Melbourne Australia. After graduating from Ballarat Grammar School in 1976, he studied music at The University of Melbourne. Making waves as a young keyboard prodigy in the late 70s, David formed the legendary improvising art-music ensemble “Pyramid”, and was inevitably called abroad to perform his compositions at the 1983 Montreux Jazz Festival. From the mid-80s to early-90s, Hirschfelder became the musical brain behind many of Australia’s landmark concert events and recordings, including John Farnham’s 1988 “Classic Jack” Tour, featuring the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Harry M. Miller’s record-breaking “Jesus Christ Superstar” Arena Spectacular in 1992. Also in that same year, David’s first film-score for Baz Luhrmann’s “Strictly Ballroom” won a BAFTA (British Academy) award. In 1996 David received an Oscar nomination, an AFI and an APRA award for his “Shine” score; and in 1998 a further Oscar nomination, as well as BAFTA and APRA awards for “Elizabeth”. David’s recent film-scores include Jonathan Teplitzky’s "The Railway Man", which won AACTA and APRA film score awards in 2014; Russell Crowe's "The Water Diviner", which won the 2014 FCCA Regal Cinema Award for Best Music Score, and also APRA Soundtrack of the Year Award; and in 2015, David received an AACTA nomination for his eclectic score to Jocelyn Moorhouse’s "The Dressmaker”. Other works include “Eternity” for orchestra, choir and 1000 tap-dancers (commissioned for the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games), “Mixed Doubles” for string quartet (2004 Adelaide Arts Festival), “Branches of Vayu” for trombone, two pianos and percussion (2011 MSO Chamber Series), and “To a Child” for soprano and string quartet, recorded and released in 2016 by Katie Noonan and The Brodsky Quartet.
Diego Baldenweg with Nora Baldenweg & Lionel Vincent Baldenweg, also known as GREAT GARBO, are a multi award winning composer team. The three Swiss/Australian siblings have composed music for over 250 international tv campaigns (Dove, MasterCard, Sony), 20 feature films (180°, Summer Outside, The little Witch) and for the Oscar nominated short “La Femme et le TGV” staring Jane Birkin.
Dmitri Golovko is an award winning music composer and sound designer. For more than a decade he’s been creating soundtracks for feature films, documentaries, TV shows, commercials and video-games. Some of his previous work includes the feature film score to the 2010 Australian Modern Western RED HILL (Arclight / Wolf Creek Pictures), additional music to 2017’s THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD (Millennium Media) starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, the 2019 series MS FISHER’S MODERN MURDER MYSTERIES (Channel 7 / Every Cloud Productions), as well as the acclaimed 2020 series THE GLOAMING (ABC Disney / Stan Australia). With a constantly expanding credit list, he’s become an evolving talent whose award-winning music has been attached to a large number of projects. Dmitri has worked with production companies, directors and advertising agencies from across the globe; from Los Angeles to Sydney, to Berlin. Music is his passion and so he tackles every new project and opportunity with unbridled energy and enthusiasm.
Edward Primrose was trained as a composer (Canberra School of Music, ANU) studying under Larry Sitsky, Donald Hollier and Don Banks. Winner of the ASME Young Composers Award in 1980, Edward has written symphonies, a piano concerto, chamber & vocal music, electroacoustic music, opera, music theatre, music for film, dance, theatre and radio, as well as film scripts and plays. He has conducted opera (with the now defunct Canberra Opera) and orchestras (recordings with the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras); He also conducted contemporary music ensembles including the Seymour Group. While resident in France, he was commissioned by the Pompidou Centre for the music to Spheres of Influence (1985). He founded the Paris Performing Group (1986). While in France he composed for TVCs and documentary. Back in Sydney, he conducted the Sydney Youth Philharmonic plus orchestrating and conducting many recording sessions for film and TVC. He was the founding Artistic Director of Camera Camerata (1998) with the Australian Youth Orchestra and five teams of filmmakers and composers. Composer in Residence at AFTRS in 1995, he was the founding Lecturer in music for film (AFTRS 1999-2000) then returned to Lecture (AFTRS, 2006-2013), also lecturing at Queensland Conservatorium & Griffith Film School, AIM, AIFF, Box Hill Institute, universities in Sydney & Melbourne. Wrote, directed, edited & composed the short film Kill Only This One (2006); Wrote, directed & composed the radio play Ray and Ponce, (Soundproof, ABC RN, 2014). Composed for theatre Medea (1994); Mysteriyaki (2000); Brother Boy & Ghost Words (ABC Radio Drama, 2006); Music for film Reverence (2000); Humanimation (2001); The Dancer from the Dance (2013), all nominated for best documentary (AGSC/APRA), A Contramano (2016) and Little Heart (2017). Awarded a PhD in musical dramaturgy (2014).
Elizabeth Drake is an award-winning composer and sound artist for theatre, film, dance and radio. She is a twice winner of the AFI/AACTA Award for Best Music for THE ROAD TO NHILL (1997) and JAPANESE STORY (2003), for which she also won the Film Critics Circle Award and the Screen Music Award for Best Music
Elliott Wheeler is a composer, producer and founder of Turning Studios. Classically trained, he studied composition and brass studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and Philosophy at Sydney University. Now based in Los Angeles, he is in high demand as a composer and producer across a broad spectrum of genres from studio releases to film, theatre, and commercials. Wheeler has a unique ability to bring disparate personalities, eras and idioms into coherence with an overall vision. That’s been been honed in his work as composer and executive music producer with Baz Luhrmann – most notably on the genre- and era-defying The Great Gatsby, and Netflix sensation The Get Down.
Emily is a pianist, vocalist and early-career composer for screen and stage, with a feature credit as Co-composer and Music Supervisor for Undone – iTunes highest rated documentary (May 2020). Her signature sound evolves from melodious, minor key piano motifs, accompanied by fragile, feathery string arrangements, affected vocals and subtle arrangements of ambient sound design. Emily’s gifted at spinning captivating melodies, while cleverly expressing mood and dramatic momentum. Her sensitive arrangements of glacial and ghostly tones affect atmosphere (and audience) to produce a sense of introversion and disquiet. There’s a subtle tension at play; brooding; unsettling; the forming of a pervasive aura of reflection and melancholy. A classically trained pianist, Emily then graduated from AFTRS in 2017 and completed an Internship at Sydney’s Church Street Studios, where she was mentored by Guy Gross, one of Australia’s leading composers. Documentary is of particular interest to Emily and since leaving AFTRS has composed for 2 award winning conservation documentaries (People of the Forest, 2017 and Keepers of the Forest, 2018). In 2018, Emily composed the underscore for award winning ABC series Bluey (‘Butterflies’, season 1 ep. 15). In 2020 Emily achieved her first feature credit for the documentary Undone. As Co-composer and Music Supervisor the film has been critically acclaimed for its music score and soundtrack. Emily has a solo project, under the moniker: Mirla. This contemporary classical music experiments with blending piano, ambient sounds, field recording, and spoken word. She was awarded the JD music prize by the AGSC in 2018 which is allowing her to write and produce her debut album: Solitaire (The Virtue of Patience). The concept album draws on the wartime diary and love letters of her grandparents.
Erin McKimm’s passion is music. His artistic approach coupled with his experience as an award winning sound designer enables him to create music for the moving image in a compelling and original way.
Felicity Fox (Wilcox)
Felicity has over 60 screen credits and multiple ARIA, AFI and APRA/AGSC awards and nominations. Concert commissions include works for Vivid Sydney, Australia Piano Quartet, Sydney Symphony Fellows, and Ensemble Offspring. She holds a PhD in composition from Sydney Conservatorium, where she teaches composition for moving images
Fiona Hill is a composer writing for screen, dance, theatre, and electroacoustic art music. Described as having “powerful emotional impact” (The Advertiser) and her work being “vivid, deeply felt” (Cut Common) she specialises in combining acoustic instruments with electronic sounds to generate a rich and immersive emotional tapestry. Her most recent projects include TV series A Dog’s Tale, Not a party too soon for Sydney Dance Company’s PPY and Imago for soprano, flute and electronics, released on the Other Voices album by Lamorna Nightingale. Further screen credits of note include: Milk and Cookies - Tropfest (2014), Entanglement Theory - Dance on Camera NY (2009), Videodance SaoPaulo and ABC TV (2009) Two Nights - New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (2006) and Loveproof HATCHfest Film Festival (2006). Recent awards include the APRA AGSC women in screen music mentorship with Elliott Wheeler, Sydney Conservatorium Composing Women program, APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund, Australia Council for the Arts grant recipient and Ensemble Offspring’s Noisy Women commissioning circle. Fiona is a screen composition graduate from the Australian Film Television and Radio School.
Frank Millward is a film composer who explores cross-disciplinary relationships between music, art, science and the moving image where focus is given to the integration of sound and image with context. His works for film, television, studio recordings, theatre, site-specific and the concert stage are realised in collaboration with directors, producers, visual artists and scientists. His musical style combines audio art, sound design, jazz, orchestral and electro-acoustic art music genres. He is currently Professor of Music Composition at the ANU School of Music.
Girish Makwana is a Melbourne based Indian filmmaker, actor, screenwriter, musician and Music composer who is best known for his work in the drama film The Colour of Darkness (2017). Besides this, he has also written, directed, scored and edited a handful of short films, notably A Musical Journey (2010), The Gift (2010) and full length feature Documentary Tihai 3 (2011). His New feature film is SADHU (The MONK) will be release in end of 2021.
Guy Gross is one of Australia's leading film and television composers and recipient of the APRA/AGSC International Achievement Award. In 2012 he was elected president of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers.
Possessing the rare talent of being highly skilled at both classical and contemporary music styles, Haydn is constantly sought out by some of the brightest minds in the industry. As a teenager, Haydn studied jazz guitar and film composition at the Australian Institute of Music. He then completed a Bachelor of Music (Composition) at the Sydney Conservatorium, graduating with First Class Honours. In addition to his classical training, Haydn has enjoyed a successful career as a working freelance jazz/rock guitarist. He has written songs, arranged and/or performed with various prominent Australian acts including Grinspoon, The Potbelleez, Darren Hayes, Inga Liljestrom, Archie Roach, Andy Bull, and Katie Noonan.
"Music is my expression of who I am, who I wish to be and how I feel. It is my most comfortable and sincere language of communication. Just like an ever-changing mood and personality, I embrace the fluidity of musical genres; Rock n Roll, Jazz, Funk, Baroque and everything in-between. It is through continual education and hard work to comprehend the building blocks of music that I find the source of the liberation of creativity. Every note can be as beautiful as it can be ugly, knowing in which order to place them makes all the difference. I do not believe personal subjectivity makes strong enough a defence for the like or dislike of music. Knowledge, education and being open to question one’s own certainty forges a path to musical insight and development. This is true for composer, performer and audience." Hylton studied composition and arrangement at The University of Cape Town and is also a multi-instrumentalist. Since arriving in Australia in 2000, Hylton started We Love Jam Studios and works as composer, arranger and performer across many medium of the musical world. He has won Screen Composers Awards for Animation Series and TVCs as wells as awards for Screen Writing and has recently been nominated for his first AACTA Award in 2020.
Isabella (Isy) Lauf
Isy is an emerging screen composer and music editor based in Brisbane, Australia. Isy composes and works on national and international projects both in-studio and remotely and has a specific interest in documentaries and feature films. Most recently, Isy has composed on projects including Bluey and Tangent (Hollywood Professional Association) in collaboration with Skywalker Sound, Turning Studios and Elliott Wheeler (The Get Down, untitled Elvis film). Isy composed music for the Bluey season 2 Easter special episode in collaboration with composer Joff Bush, which releases on ABC and Disney+ on April 4th, 2021. Her current credits in composition, editing and assisting spans television, animation, short and feature films and documentaries. Since 2017, Isy has worked closely with Australian music group Topology through their mentorship program after being awarded one of four positions, and was mentored by composer and orchestrator Cameron Patrick (Spider-Man: Far From Home, Star Trek Beyond, Coco) throughout and following 2018. Press links: Hollywood Reporter: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/filmmakers-around-the-world-team-on-cloud-production-test-its-part-of-our-future Limelight Magazine: https://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/features/isy-lauf-on-music-topology-and-a-certain-blue-heeler/
Iva Davies is the front man for the iconic Australian band ICEHOUSE and also has composes for film & television. Credits include MARY BRYANT and he is co-composer for MASTER & COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD (Winner, Best Soundtrack & Best Feature Film, Screen Music Awards)
Jacob is a musician, composer and producer from Melbourne Australia, who also performs under the artist name, Puscha. Utilizing modular synthesizers and a collection of various electronic, electric and acoustic instruments, Jacob produces spacious, abstract and cinematic soundscapes and musical impressions, and has scored soundtracks for award winning films. Jacob has a fluid approach to processes, embracing discovery of new sounds and tones. Jacob has a background in filmmaking with a Masters in Film Producing from the Victorian College of the Arts and experience in roles such as producing, editing, sound recording and more. Understanding the various aspects of story telling and film processes gives Jacob a holistic approach to writing and producing film scores and collaborating with directors and producers.
Jacquie is a composer with a background in singing/performing live music, and for many years wrote 'happy' corporate music for Expedia travel. She then turned to writing film music and has won soundtrack awards for horror and drama short films. She is also nominated in the upcoming 2021 HMMA Awards in the world music category. Jacquie is intuitive and innovative, tech savvy , and has a tendency for 'bold'. She also loves using cinematic sound design to help enhance a composition.
Jai Pyne is a composer, producer and songwriter from Sydney. He graduated AFTRS in 2012 and has since fostered his passion for making music for film and moving pictures, bringing a unique aesthetic that he has developed over his career as a multi disciplinary creative. He was the lead singer and guitarist in Sydney indie band The Paper Scissors for the better part of a decade before turning his attention to composing for film, web, TV and dance as well as acting as a musical director and music branding consultant.
Jake Mason is a Melbourne based ARIA-nominated songwriter, producer, educator and touring artist with over twenty years experience in the Australian music industry. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts the multi-instrumentalist and prolific songwriter has released twelve albums; gained platinum sales in Australia; and established his own label and production house. An APRA member since 1997, Jake co-wrote and co-produced the Kungs Vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners chart topper “This Girl”, hitting the #1 spot in 10 countries and reaching the Top 10 in 37 territories. Nominated for ARIA song of the year the track became the most shazammed dance song of 2016 worldwide. Published by Origin Music, Jake is a member of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers with television credits including Underbelly and Kath, Kim and Packed to the Rafters. An accomplished live performer he has worked with artists such as Richard Clapton, Clare Bowditch and Hugh Jackman and has co-written with Kate Ceberano, Eric McCusker and Tania Doko to name a few.
James Orr is a film composer and producer based out of Melbourne, Australia. Cultivating an interest in music from an early age through a love for drums and percussion, he then went on to explore a range of styles of music, with a keen interest in electronic music production, engineering and synthesis. In 2007, James began working with Dead Can Dance and Golden Globe winning musician and composer, Lisa Gerrard. Since then he has contributed music to a range of film and documentary scores from across the globe, including Solo (2007), Playing For Charlie (2007), Balibo (2009), Burning Man (2011), Jane Got A Gun (2015). He has also engineered and provided production and sound design on a range of scores for film, documentaries & television. Outside of film and television, James has worked on projects for a range of artists including Daniel Johns, Zbigniew Priesner, Klaus Schulze, Dave Graney, Chicane, while also touring internationally with Dead Can Dance, including the 2012 Anastasis world tour and 2019 Dionysus tour. He also engineered and produced all of Gerrard’s album and film works of the last decade. In 2013, under the moniker of Fixed Error, he released his debut solo album, Makeshift Remedies, music of which went on to be featured in the video game, Rugby League Live 2. He has also worked closely with Scottish ex-Goya Dress founder, Astrid Williamson, co-writing, producing and engineering her album, We Go To Dream. Recently, James has been scoring in collaboration with Gerrard for the film, 2:22, for which he received a nomination for Feature Film Score of The Year from APRA. Other recent works include the award-winning Australian independent film, West Of Sunshine (2017), Undertow (2018), Life On Earth: Severance (2019), an upcoming documentary short produced by Michael Mann, and the documentary, Green Light (2019).
Jamie Peter Fonti
Jamie Fonti has a career spanning four decades in the film and television industry. Born in Australia brought up in the UK he started out as a child actor and extra performing in many Australian Features, Advertisements and TV shows. In his teens and 20s Jamie gained attention as a signed artist, songwriter, performer and producer in Australian bands Caligula (Universal Music) and Primary (Warner Music) both nominated for ARIA awards. Both bands licensed numerous songs to feature films, TV shows, advertisements and radio leading to an enhanced career as a composer. Producing and composing albums for Killer Tracks, Firstcom, Universal Production Music in the US and the respected Bruton Label, Felt Music, Focus Music and BMG UK has seen multiple placements of songs written worldwide
Jared Underwood is an award winning musician, composer, percussionist, experimentalist and graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and AFTRS (Australian Film Radio and Television School). BATTERIE is his solo electronica act and the name under which he composes and releases game soundtracks. As BATTERIE, Jared has composed the music for indie mobile games including : OTTTD, One More Dash, PLATO, One More Jump, Thumb Drift and One More Line which has been downloaded more than 12 Million times. As a live act BATTERIE has supported New York art rock band Gang Gang Dance at the Sydney Opera House & opened for cult Japanese group CIBO MATTO. Jared has also been invited to give industry presentations about his game music soundtracks at APRA ‘High Score’ and GCAP 2017 gaming industry conference in Melbourne. Jared was the winner of TropScore 2013, he performed his winning film score live to picture at TROPFEST to an audience of 80,000 people in the Domain.As a full time composer in a prominent Sydney studio Jared wrote the music for numerous TV commercials including: Optus, Samsung, Hyundai, McDonalds, Australian Olympic Team, Tresemme, Best & Less, Flight Center & Ferrero. He has been nominated for 2 ARIA awards as a member of Cinematic art pop group CODA who have played Vivid Sydney, Woodford Folk festival, The Big Day Out and more. Jared was a founding member of Sydney post rock band PROP whose members went on to form The Presets and Boy & Bear. Prop supported Tortoise & Sonic Youth. As a collaborating musician he has worked with : Daniel Johns (Silverchair), Nick Littlemore (Empire of the Sun), Luke Steele, Hugo Race (Nick Cave) Jake Stone (Bluejuice), Jane Tyrell (The Herd), King Tide, Lenka, Grafton Primary, PROP, CODA, and more.
Jason Fernandez’s film scores have delighted audiences across the globe. His love of exotic and kaleidoscopic rhythms partnered with processed orchestral and other acoustic instruments lends his music a modern and unmistakable sound. Jason is recognised for his striking and original approaches to films, coming up with distinctive musical ideas that further the narrative in unexpected ways. Based in Sydney, Australia, Jason has performed varied roles as a composer, score producer and music editor for more than 15 years with many of the country’s finest directors including George Miller, Baz Luhrmann, Kimble Rendall, Gregor Jordan, Russell Crowe, and many others. A rare combination of musical and technical ability, Jason is also widely sought after for his musical-technical skills, including the testing and development of music software and sounds for most of the leading software creators. In addition to this, he develops his own processes in Reaktor and other software – leading his music into beautiful unexplored sonic territory.
Based in Australia and having been a music industry veteran for over 10 years, as well as a being multi-instrumentalists, writing and recording original music has always been commonplace, releasing original music in 2 different bands, as well as touring and playing live. The love of film, film scores, soundtracks, gaming, and everything in between has sent this self confessed movie buff on a film scoring endeavour, and an eclectic background of classical, jazz, funk, soul, metal, rock, electronic and synthwave to name a few, has piqued his sound experimentation further as to where musical scoring could lead to and change going forward. A chance encounter with a music video director’s venture into short films gave Jason his first taste of scoring to film, and after positive feedback from the director and others, there was a realisation this should be pursued further. With a couple of short films, two feature films, documentaries and even an anime theme song under his belt, a new adventure was underway. Jason and Damien, his partner in Jeenyis Scoring recently won Best Score for the short film "A Safe Place" at LA-based festival Global Shorts. With a passion for individuality, audio production, client needs, and of course fun, accompanied with the above and beyond mentality where the only limitation is imagination, Jason continuously demonstrates his creativity and understanding of his client's vision and intention of their project, no matter the size, budget, or scope.
Jenna Pratt completed her Bachelor of Music in Songwriting at JMC Academy where she discovered her passion for Music Composition. She went on to complete a Graduate Certificate in Screen Music at the Australian Film and Television School in 2018 where she scored several short films including Boldly Go which was recently accepted into the 2019 Short Film Corner as part of Festival de Cannes. Jenna has studied piano from a young age and enjoys composing in a variety of genres and styles. 2019 has seen Jenna score numerous short films including Magnetic (funded through Create NSW), Last Seen and was recently one of 10 selected to participate in a full day Film and Television Composition workshop called Equalise; a series of workshops held by APRA AMCOS to promote and educate female musicians and composers working in the industry.
Having studied piano from the age of 9, Jeremy realised his love for music very quickly. Inspired by the films he watched growing up, in particular scores by John Williams and Howard Shore, he wanted to pursue a career in music for screen. He attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he was able to study abroad in Los Angeles and take part in UCLA's film music school which solidified this dream. His music style is influenced by his classical training, blending electronic and acoustic sounds to create something entirely unique. Jeremy is humbled to be part of the music team at Rumble Studios where he is honing his skills to create original and intelligent music for TV and film.
Jessica Wells was born in Florida, USA in 1974 and migrated to Australia at the age of 11. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1996 and graduated with first class honours. This was followed by a Masters Degree in Composition in 1998. She then completed a Masters in Screen Composition at the AFTRS (Australian Film, Television and Radio School) in 2005, and was awarded the Film Critic's Circle Award for "Best Display of Technical Excellence" for her work on eight short films. Jessica's compositions cross many genres in the classical, commercial and film music worlds. She has worked for some of Australia's best composers as an orchestrator, arranger and copyist. She has over 60 credits on IMDB. Her orchestral music and arrangements have been performed by many of the major Australian orchestras (SSO, MSO, TSO, WASO and QSO). She was commissioned to write two pieces for the Victorian Opera's "Seven Deadly Sins" project featuring seven singers and a full orchestra, which was acclaimed as a highlight of the year in Melbourne's art scene. "Moon Fire" for Carillon and Electronic track was nominated for an Art Music Award in 2017 and was performed in Barcelona as part of the Carillon World Congress. Jessica was previously nominated for an Art Music Award for her orchestral work "Ainulindale" in 2001. As a producer Jessica can bring out the best in orchestral recordings as well as smaller ensembles and jazz and contemporary musicians. She has has arranged and produced music for ABC Classics as well as many other albums for artists and ensembles. She also co-produces film recording sessions with composers, and is able to help them get the best performances and combinations of elements for delivery to the film mix. She produced the orchestral recordings of film soundtracks for Nigel Westlake's "Paper Planes" and "Ali's Wedding" with the MSO and SSO.
Australia first became aware of Jim as the bassist/songwriter with the phenomenally successful chart act OL'55 who announced themselves with a quadruple platinum debut album, “Take It Greasy” in 1976. He wrote the group's first top five hit, "On the Prowl”, and numerous other top ten entries thereafter. “(I Want A) Rockin' Christmas”, which he co-wrote with author Glenn A. Baker, spent seven weeks at number one in Melbourne and won a Radio 3XY Gold Chart Award. AUer OL'55, Jim turned his talents to commercial jingle writing. His first serious effort for the ANZ Bank won him a Golden Stylus Award for Commercial of the Year. Jim also began to venture into film music during his days with OL'55, when he scored the Mike Thornhill film “The F.J. Holden” (for which he received a Sammy Award nomination). In 1982 Jim was invited by the legendary Vanda & Young team to become a house producer for Albert ProducFons (home of AC/DC). He went on to produce a charting album for the hard rock act The Choirboys and power pop masterpiece “Sooner or Later” for Tasmanian band The Innocents. In 1986 Jim set his sights on the active film music scene in Hollywood and beat out 15 established composers at a "cattle call" to land the scoring assignment for the Vincent Price film "The Offspring". After landing “The Offspring", Jim relentlessly worked himself up into the middle level of Hollywood film composers. He went on to score “Texas Chainsaw Massacre III: Leatherface”, “Stepfather 2”, “Servants of Twilight” and for Paramount, his first 'major' studio assignment, “Tales from The Darkside: The Movie”. Of Jim's work on the later, the director, John Harrison (also responsible for “Creepshow”), commented: “"Tales From The Darkside” was enhanced by his work. His music not only gave the story the perfect atmosphere, it added production value to the entire film.”
Joff Bush (Jonathan Bush)
One of ASCAP’s ‘Composers to Watch’, Joff is currently working on the 'Bluey' and 'The Strange Chores'. Joff’s past television series work includes The Strange Calls, Ronny Chieng : International Student, The Family Law, Australian Survivor, Dream Gardens and the Emmy award winning Ludo productions ‘#7 Days Later’ and 'Doodles'. Joff studied lots of piano and composition things at the Queensland Con, AFTRS and NYU. Recent accolades include ‘Best Score’ (Long Island Film Festival) Best Music (Green Room Awards) and a bunch of Best Television Theme and Best Music for a Television Series nominations (Screen Music Awards). He mostly works in comedy / childrens TV and has a real nerdy interest in post-war japanese cinema.
John Gray is a multi-award winning film composer, having written both orchestral and electronic scores for award winning feature films, documentaries and television – some of which have been finalists and winners at The Emmys, Sundance, Montreal, Venice, Berlin and Sydney international film festivals. He was recently nominated for an AACTA for his score on the critically-acclaimed mini-series BLUE MURDER (2017). A screen-composition graduate of AFTRS, his drama features include the AFI-nominated KOKODA, THE BET and WHAT LOLA WANTS. He also recently composed for the critically acclaimed documentary THE OPPOSITION, the Emmy Award winning SBS series GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM, the AACTA-Nominated documentary I AM A GIRL, the ABC documentary series GREAT SOUTHERN LAND and the documentary Audience Award Winner at the 2014 Sydney Film Festival LOVE MARRIAGE IN KABUL. John is a current board member of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) and enjoys advocating on behalf of both emerging composers and his peers.
Jonathan Zwartz is a double bassist and composer. He has recorded three instrumental albums, - ‘the Sea’ which was awarded two Bell Awards in 2010 and ‘the Remembering and Forgetting of the Air’, which received an AIR award in 2013 and most recently ‘Animarum, released in 2018. He has studied Screen Composition at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and has a Masters (Music) from the Australian National University. He has composed Music for the documentary ‘To Spring From The Hand’ about the life and work of artist and dancer Paulus Berensohn, (2014), Ka-Ching Pokies Nation 2016, Madhattan (with Amanda Brown 2017) the Scribe (with Kristin Rule 2018), Backtrack Boys (also with Kristin Rule 2018) and a number of short films as well as promotional ads including ‘Man Up’ (ABC TV) that went viral worldwide with 70 million hits. Jonathan has been an APRA (Australasian Performing Rights Association) Ambassador since 2010. Jonathan can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Composer, Music Producer and Sound Designer, producing music and audio for the Australian Media Industry in a range of media in both short- and long-form formats, from TV to film and Documentary, Apps, Games, Radio and Music. Principal at Envelope Audio. As an educator, Lecturer in Sound and Music Production at the University of Western Australia, and director at the Ableton Certified Trainer, Noisemaker Academy.
Josh is based in Queensland and is a graduate of both Popular Music and Applied Theatre majoring in Film at Griffith University. He has worked predominantly in onset recording, sound design, post-production and the occasional Voice-Over. His true passion is story-telling and over the last 20 years he has pursued skills in acting (also completing a CERT IV in Film Acting at the Actors Workshop, Wooloongabba), directing, dance, creative writing and of course writing and producing music. He operates under the pseudonym Joss Mars.
Josh Pyke is an acclaimed, multi-ARIA and APRA Award winning singer-songwriter, producer and composer. Over the course of a 13 year career, Pyke has released 6 top ten ARIA charting solo albums, won 4 ARIA AWARDS, as well as numerous other accolades. Pyke entered the film and TV world by jointly winning the APRA “Best Original Song for a Soundtrack” for the song “Beautiful Days”, featured in the film Black Balloon in 2008. The song was co-written with renowned composer Michael Yezerski. His work in film and Tv continued with the composition, recording and production of 5 songs (including the theme) for Justine Clarke’s acclaimed ABC TV show The Justine Clarke Show. Pyke composed and produced the music for the 2018 national campaign for IGA supermarkets. He also composed and produced the closing original song for the short film Jackrabbit by Alex Feggens. (2018). Josh works from his personal studio Timshel Industries in the inner west of Sydney. Apart from music, Pyke is a passionate advocate for the arts, being an APRA ambassador, and a PPCA board member. Josh has recently entered the world of children’s literature, with his first picture book being published by Penguin/Random house in 2019.
Played in a number of bands in the ’60 & ’70’s Studied Theory & Composition at The Melba Conservatorium, then “Advanced Harmony & Composition” at Eastern Hill Conservatorium of Music whilst working as a Recording Engineer/Producer for ad agency George Patterson. Then formed an independent production company specialising in composing and producing sound for all media, also lectured in “Composition & Soundtrack Production” for RMIT & Swinburne Universities.
Keyna Wilkins is a pioneering Australian/British screen composer-musician at home in many musical worlds. She was one of three finalists in the Australian nation-wide APRA/AMCOS Art Music Awards for Excellence by an Individual in 2018. Films she has written the music for have won international awards such as Best Short Film at the Girl Power Film and Media Summit (New York) and are screened around the world including Bath International Film Festival (UK), Female Feedback Festival (Toronto) and Imagine This International Film Festival (New York). She is an Associate Artist with the Australian Music Centre, has five tunes in the Australian Jazz Realbook, and her composition New Galaxy has been recorded and broadcast and by the ABC. She has studied composition in UK (Bath Spa Uni) Germany (Hildesheim Uni) and completed her M Mus Composition from Sydney Conservatorium in 2017 and can write music in a wide range of styles.
Kyls' work spans 17 TV series, 40 films, installation and events, advertising and songwriting. She won Best Score on graduation from AFTRS in 2003 with a nomination for Emerging Talent of the Year by the Film Critics Circle. Kyls is the only person to have twice won Australian Songwriter of the Year. In 2018, Kyls scored ‘Sando’, a comedy for ABC TV starring Sacha Horler and directed by the Bondi Hipsters. In 2017, Kyls received nominations for Best Theme both at the APRA Screen Music Awards, and at the Asian TV Awards for 'Destination Flavor'. In 2016, her score for Channel 9's 'Here Come the Habibs' was nominated Best Theme at the APRA Screen Awards. Kyls’ installation art music includes a twelve minute work for VIVID Festival’s magnificent projections on the Opera House in 2013, and a twenty-five minute IMAX score for the The Shanghai Pavilion at World Expo, 2010. Kyls wrote the closing ceremony anthem for the Doha games, viewed by 80 million people, and sung by Disney star Lea Salonga. Kyls has also composed for ABC’s high-rating 'Whitlam: Power and the Passion' and 'Brilliant Creatures' for BBC, as well as the feature film, 'Touch' starring Matt Day, 'My 24' and 'Giggle and Hoot' for ABC Kids, 'Bondi Rescue', and SBS’s 'Destination Flavour', 'Shane Delia’s Spice Journey' and 'Gourmet Farmer'. Her awards include two international Gold Promaxs for her ABC TV Rebrand Theme, 2007. Kyls has toured with The Beastie Boys, Primus, and Bob Dylan, and played on Festival stages with Bjork and Basement Jaxx. She is a past Board Member of the Australia Council Music Fund under Nathan Waks, and has been an adjudicator at the Screen Music Awards for the past five years. Kyls also writes and produces scripts and was one of SPAA's 'Ones to Watch'.
Lance Gurisik started his journey into music later than most. He first picked up a guitar when he was 16 and started teaching himself how to play along to his favourite bands. He was advised soon after to audition as a composer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he completed his honours in composition under the guidance of Michael Smetanin. He has since scored the TV series ‘The Other Guy’ and countless advertisement campaigns for the likes of Tiger Beer, Champion, MasterCard, Citibank, Tourism Australia to name but a few. His work hasn’t gone unnoticed and Lance has racked up awards for being apart of projects such as Tiger Beer ‘Melting Pot’ which won a silver AWARD. This year Lance kept himself busy scoring many Australian short films of very different styles, including ‘Jackrabbit’, ‘Hitchhiker’ and ‘Ghost Turd. All three films have been picked up by film festivals across the globe such as the Sydney International Film Festival and Hollywood Comedy Festival. 2019-20 will see a new body of work released under his own name exploring his passion of combining both electronic and organic palettes.
Leigh Marsh is a screen composer who brings a deep understanding of a wide range of musical styles to each project. A guitarist, drummer and bassist, he has been part of collaborations in retro-rock, gypsy-swing, funk, afro-beat, avant-garde, shoegaze and cabaret, and brings this diversity to his work. He thrives on delivering unique scores using acoustic and synthetic instruments. Recently, Marsh has scored independent short 37 Things, and provided additional composition for Benjamin Speed on the feature At Last (Monumental Films, Roadman Films, Story Bridge Film). He provided additional composition for Askja Films and Bluebird Productions on their award winning 2017 short Cut, and has created commercial work for Australian Fashion Labels. A number of his works are also managed by Soundfield Collective. In 2017, with assistance from Arts South Australia, Marsh completed a one-on-one mentorship with screen composer and FCCA/Screen Music Award winner Bryony Marks (Please Like Me, Berlin Syndrome, Barracuda). If you need engaging music tailored to further enliven your project – be it for film, TV, games, online or otherwise – please get in touch
Currently a Melbourne based composer who grew up playing in bands in and around the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane areas, developing a love for creating music and exploring unique sounds. I then moved to Melbourne where I began to collaborate with local film makers/directors, while also attending RMIT where I completed a degree in Sound Production. Since then I have scored a number of Australian short films including "Water" directed by close friend and frequent collaborator John Harvey the film went on to play at various film festivals around Australia, Canada and the U.S, such as Native primitive showcase (New Mexico, U.S.A), Flickerfest International short film festival (Australia) Imagine Native film and arts festival (Toronto, Canada). Most recently in 2019 I composed music for a true crime podcast series called "Monstruo" which reached #1 on itunes a few weeks after the release. In my spare time I run a very small youtube channel where I make audio visual pieces using my original compositions and edited prelinger/pathe footage.
Leon Ross is a versatile and experimental Melbourne-based multimedia composer and electronic music producer. With a Masters and Bachelor degree, Leon Ross aged 23 has composed a wide range of projects of numerous genres and released records under international labels. Awarded in 2018 the Outstanding Student Award (Composition), Best 3rd Year Film Score, and AVCAT Long Tan Bursary. He has been known to utilize intellectual dramaturgy with manipulated acoustic and electronic colours. His experiences extend beyond composition, from areas of sound engineering such as; foley and dialogue artist, mixing and mastering engineer, and sample scripting. Co-owner of Oracle Music, Leon additionally provides fully inclusive multimedia services ranging from composition, to surround film mixing. Mentored by George Papanicolaou, Leon has been hired as an in-house composer for Original Score with co-credits such as: SHED (2019) - Short Film, Castlemaine Warriors (2019) - Documentary. Through experience and creative fascination, Leon strives to create evocative visceral journeys.
Lionel Vincent Baldenweg
Diego Baldenweg with Nora Baldenweg & Lionel Vincent Baldenweg, also known as GREAT GARBO, are a multi award winning composer team. The three Swiss/Australian siblings have composed music for over 250 international TV campaigns (Dove, MasterCard, Sony), 20 films (180°, Summer Outside, The Little Witch) and for the Oscar nominated “La Femme et le TGV” staring Jane Birkin.
Australian Music Prize-nominated composer Luke Howard has been described as "absolutely heavenly" (Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Radio 6) and his music as "an ambient masterclass" (Musos' Guide), but no words can fully capture the potency of Howard's enthralling compositions. A pianist since childhood, Howard has scored films and performed with artists as diverse as Lior and Jeff Mills, capturing audiences with contemporary classical arrangements that curl and twist around the boundaries of a particular emotion. Though wordless, Howard's songs perform a function unique to music as a medium - that of evoking without describing, bringing listeners to a feeling which defies articulating. In 2018 Luke released his third solo album, 'Open Heart Story', and will return to the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie for a second concert in as many years. Luke's score to Where Do Lilacs Come From won Best Music for a Short Film at the 2014 APRA/AMCOS Screen Music Awards. Luke is signed to UK label Mercury KX (Lambert, Olafur Arnalds, Solomon Grey) and is represented by Secretly Publishing.
Luna Pan is an award-winning screen, advertising and game composer from Sydney, Australia. She studied piano and music theory for a decade from a young age, now armed with a Bachelor scholarship degree in Composition and Music Production from the Australian Institute of Music. Luna has created soundtracks for feature films, games and web productions. She has won the best composer award at the 29th SFS film festival with five of her short film compositions. She enjoys composing in a wide variety of genres and styles, as well as recording her own samples. When Luna is not writing music, she enjoys performing as a street dancer and can be found in numerous cultural festivals.
Marciano has been performing and composing since the 1980s for various media. He has taught at the ANU and holds a PhD in music composition. His work on SALT BRIDGE was shortlisted for the 2016 Oscars and he has a passion for collaborating with filmmakers to realise their artistic vision
Stage & Screen Composer/Lyricist Maria Alfonsine’s focus is always; "It's all about the story”, and she provides an intriguing place for her audience to escape across genres such as jazz, folk-pop, screen music, musical theatre and experimental contemporary styles. By turns playful and reflective, she finds inspiration in everyday life, the inequalities of the world and the force of nature, and through her art she wishes to communicate awareness, insight and courage. When not working with traditional instruments, she uses her voice and body to create organic soundscapes full of observations. Maria graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a First Class Honours and is a three times recipient of the Best Composer Award from the Sydney Film School. Maria is currently the Musical Director and Co-composer together with Caitlin Yeo for the ABC drama series “Wakefield”, as well as teaching Composition for Creative Industries at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Mark is a composer of music for the modern orchestra, specialising in music for Film, TV and Documentaries. Internationally in demand as both a composer and orchestrator, Mark is a craftsman of music for the screen. His original music, orchestrations and performances, as a guitarist, are heard worldwide on an expanding list of studio and independent productions. Over the years Mark has worked with a variety of acclaimed composers, such as Christopher Young, Johan Soderqvist, Heitor Pereira, Brian Cachia and Kostas Christides; and his orchestrations have been performed and recorded by international orchestras worldwide. During Mark’s 3-year residency in Hollywood he worked in some of the most prestigious film music studios, including Remote Control Productions (Hans Zimmer) and Ilsley Music (Christopher Young), supporting and contributing to major projects encompassing Film, TV, Games and production music. Mark’s arrangements for live entertainment and music theatre include work for composers like Stephen Schwartz; and his ‘Off Broadway’ orchestrations earned him an ‘Honorable Mention’ at the New York Music Theatre Festival. In addition to his work as a composer and orchestrator, Mark has a strong commitment to the training of young musicians and composers. He frequently lectures in Orchestration, Film Scoring, Music Technology and Interactive Composition, and he has been a guest lecturer on these subjects in the USA.
Originally from the UK, Mark has also lived in Tokyo and now Sydney. He has worked on a number of short documentary and corporate video projects for his clients, responsible for directing, cinematography, editing and composing. He has worked on several short film projects including his own Tropfest Film Festival submission, The Ticket (2005), responsible for writing, directing, cinematography, editing and music supervision. In addition to studying music he has a BA (Hons) in Typography & Graphic Communication from the University of Reading in the UK. He has over 25 years’ experience in design and 12 years in video production, working with charities, start-ups, corporates and multi-nationals.
Matt Hsu's Obscure Orchestra
Matt Hsu is a 2020 Queensland Music Award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist. His one-person orchestra project Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra is the brainchild of his offbeat musical sensibilities, shaped by a childhood stint as a Buddhist monk, touring with Japanese loop ninja Kenta Hayashi, co-founding folk-punk band The Mouldy Lovers, immersion into street jazz in New Orleans, and love of cinematic scores. He draws on his Taiwanese-Australian roots to create otherworldly compositions that celebrate difference, inclusivity and the fuzzy spaces in-between cultures. Enamoured with natural sounds, Matt blends traditional instruments from around the world and rethought everyday objects (such as bicycle spokes, saws and kitchen utensils), with field recordings and orchestral instruments. Matt has composed and performed for TEDx, Bigsound, La Boite Theatre Company, and has charted at #1 on 4ZZZ. As an advocate for the fair treatment of marginalised peoples, he often uses music projects to underscore First Nations, gender diverse, refugee and immigrant issues through artistic collaborations. His work has received critical notice from Los Angeles Cinefest (Finalist), SBS News, Sydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Times and ABC Radio. Matt also holds a PhD doctorate and has interviewed and moderated public discussions with musicians such as Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes), Ben Ely (Regurgitator), Lalka and Tenzin Choegyal.
Award winning Australian composer Me-Lee Hay composes music for film/TV, dance and theatre.Her score for the fantasy driven 30 minute short film Last Tree Standing won Best Music for a Short Film at Australia's prestigious Screen Music Awards. Other works include original composition for Museum Victoria’s Scienceworks Planetary 360 dome astronomy documentaries “Starlight” and “Capturing the Cosmos” (narrated by Sigrid Thornton and Geoffrey Rush respectively), SBS One series travel/cooking show Luke Nguyen (Greater Mekong 2, France, UK) and Network Ten’s Ben’s Menu. Me-Lee has worked as an additional composer on the feature film "Penelepa", which won Best Fantasy Film at Amsterdam’s Van Goph's Film festival and assistant composer to major Australian sci-fi features such as "The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume 1" which have global distribution. Me-Lee Hay is a graduate of the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS). With a training in classical piano (A.Mus.A), cello and theory, combined with electronica/pop explorations in the touring live band scene, Me-Lee is attracted to sounds of classical textures merging seamlessly with sounds and ambience of the modern world to facilitate a story, emotion and creation of worlds.
Michael Darren is an award winning composer, sound-designer and re-recording mixer working in films and television. Starting at the age of 15 he started scoring theatre productions which lead to a successful career with State Theatre Co in South Australia. Michael then went onto work in Television and film throughout Australia and the United States. Michael has won numerous Sound and Music awards throughout his career. In 2016 (along with co-composers Chris Larkin and Luke Jurevicius) he was awarded the coveted Apra Screen Music Award for best children’s music for the (ABC TV, NETFLIX) show The New Adventures of Figaro Pho aswell as the ASSG award for Best sound for animated film. Michael recently composed, produced and performed and sound supervised the soundtrack for Rabbit, (Adelaide Clements, Veerle Baetens, Alex Russell) directed by Luke Shannahan. The film will be set for a wide release in August 2018 after a festival run which has included the Melbourne International Film Festival, Sitges International film festival and Fantastic Fest in the United States.
Michael Drew is a multi award-winning Australian composer for film, television and games. He currently holds a Master of Fine Arts in Music for Motion Pictures and Contemporary Media from the Film Scoring Academy of Europe. Michael began working professionally while still studying his Bachelor of Music through the University of Canberra; scoring two films from the Griffith University Film School (The Neon King and Meeting Mum) whilst also receiving successive Dean's Excellence Awards for his studies. He graduated with a Bachelor & Honours degree in music, and was an Associate Lecturer in screen music and orchestration at the University of Canberra. Michael’s compositions have received 9 awards from around the world as well as several nominations. Following his early success in the film circuit, Michael began to branch out and compose for games. He has a keen interest in spatial audio which is reflected in the research projects he has undertaken including his MFA thesis from FSAE. Michael prides himself on bringing passion and enthusiasm to every project. With a keen insight in scoring to visuals and storytelling, an outstanding work ethic and an open mind, no concept is too complex for this experienced and talented composer.
Michael Lira is an Australian composer and musician. After playing crazy live music for far too long, he now focuses on film scoring. His most notable film scores include the Ozploitation Zombie hit - Wyrmwood : Road Of The Dead (2014) , Growing Up Smith directed by Frank Lotito and starring Jason Lee, Daniel Nettheim's The Hunter (2011) (Co composed with Matteo Zingales ) starring Willem Dafoe. Latest projects include the score for the 'bat shit crazy' feature Nekrotronic by the Roache-Turner brothers starring Monica Bellucci as well as the documentary 'A Turtle Odyssey' starring Bunji the turtle and narrated by Russell Crowe. Both projects were recorded at Trackdown Studios Sydney and performed by The Sydney Scoring Orchestra
Miguel Artugue is a composer and audio engineer who has won awards for his short film scores and sound design. A versatile and experimental musician, Miguel often blends sound design elements, unconventional instruments, found sounds and field recordings to add texture and ambience to his scores. His solo musical project Ativandal employs many of the same techniques, creating cinematic atmospheres within electronic folk music. He studied at SAE Melbourne where he graduated as valedictorian with a Bachelor of Audio in Post-Production.
Natalie Jeffreys is a composer, singer-songwriter, and spoken word poet based in Melbourne. She graduated from Monash University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Composition, in which her tutors included media composers Jonathon Dreyfus and Amy Bastow. She then went on to produce a one-woman musical stage show, and started Puddledog Productions, a business where she creates customized songs as personalized gifts. She won the 2018 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize for the performance of her poem 'The Purity of Sadness'. She is currently the composer for the web-series 'Michael and Phillip', to be released in mid-late 2020.
Ned Beckley is a Fremantle based artist with a multi-faceted practice in which sound and music is the key material of communication and investigation. He has a diverse body of work that spans electronic performance and recordings, soundtracks and sound design for film and TV, installation, dance and various digital multimedia frameworks. He has studied cinema at Melbourne University and worked at the National Film & Sound Archive, both of which have served to hone Beckley’s understanding of the synergy between film and sound.
An Australian film composer, orchestrator, conductor and music producer with international credits and experience, Nerida has composed award-winning scores for feature films, telemovies, television series, children’s productions, documentaries, wildlife films and commercials for over 20 years.
Nicholas Buc is a composer, conductor and arranger. As the recipient of the Brian May Scholarship, he completed a Master's degree in Scoring for Film and Multimedia at New York University, receiving the Elmer Bernstein Award for Film Scoring. He has composed music for film and television, with some of his work being screened at festivals and theatres around Australia, Asia and the US. His commissioned works have been premiered by the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, The Australian Voices, and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. Nicholas has worked with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Chris Botti, Amanda Palmer, Ben Folds and was conductor/arranger for Tina Arena on six Australian tours. He has written arrangements for Missy Higgins, Passenger, Eskimo Joe, and The Whitlams, as well as working on five seasons of The Voice Australia. In 2019 he teamed up with Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, arranging their film music for a new show with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival. Continuing his passion for music and film, he conducted the live-in-concert world premieres of John Williams' Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Hans Zimmer’s The Lion King (2019), Alan Menken's Beauty and the Beast (2017), Nicholas Hooper's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Alexandre Desplat’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, as well as the North American premiere of John Powell’s How To Train You Dragon. He has conducted all of the major Australian symphony orchestras as well as the Minnesota Orchestra, Houston, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Austin, Grand Rapids and Orlando symphony orchestras in the US. He also makes regular appearances in Asia, conducting the Tokyo, Hong Kong, Malaysian, Osaka and Taipei Philharmonic orchestras.
Nicholas Marks is a uniquely modern composer of film, television and multimedia scores. His musical voice artistically and skillfully moves between styles and moods, harmonizing futuristic and traditional sounds with timeless emotion: from nostalgic ambient and poignant piano; to chamber classical works and soaring symphonic melodies blended with synthesizer textures; and the tipping points of jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul. With every project, Marks undertakes deep research and experimentation to create new, compelling sounds upon which to establish a project's unique identity. He brings a wide palette of emotional sensibilities to each project, often evoking without describing, creating a feeling which defies articulation. Marks's understanding of how to present complex ideas in a musically accessible way can be traced to his eclectic musical background, and deep study of the piano and scores since the age of 9. Marks collaborates with leading film-makers, artists and producers. In 2020, he scored director Roger Spottiswoode's (Tomorrow Never Dies, The Sixth Day) latest film, "Either Side Of Midnight", followed by scoring another feature, the psychological thriller "Dashcam" (Dir. Christian Nilsson), slated for release in 2021. Marks is also known for his score on the documentary "Love Your Sister" (starring Guy Pearce, 2014), as well as his work on the iconic sting for Village Roadshow Pictures (2015). In 2021, Marks scored "American Metamorphosis", a 6 part mini-series podcast by The Atlantic Re: Think and Boston Consulting Group, as well as composed and arranged new pieces for the G'Day USA Virtual Gala, featuring Hugh Jackman, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, George Clooney and Delta Goodrem. His prolific output has received international acclaim, been broadcast worldwide in cinemas, international film festivals, on cable television and streaming networks, commercials, award shows, theater and online content. His work has been performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and internationally acclaimed singer song-writer Lior.
Nicolette Boaz has been playing piano since the age of four as did her Russian grandmother, her mother and her 2 sisters. From funk to world music, from jazz to blues she likes to compose in different genres and mix it up. A degree in Music and Aboriginal Studies has led her to score for documentaries about social justice and in particular Indigenous issues. Piano, guitar and mandolin are all her instruments of choice and her usual morning sees her, in pyjamas, with a cup of tea tinkling away at the ivories to start the day. She has scored for orchestras, theatre shows, music libraries and currently also works as a piano tutor.
Nigel Westlake's work has earned numerous awards. Film credits include MISS POTTER (Best Score & Soundtrack, 2007 Screen Music Awards), BABE, A LITTLE BIT OF SOUL and Imax films. For television he has composed documentaries, telemovies, news themes & station IDs.
After graduating from QLD conservatorium Noel established a reputation as an electronic music and production pioneer in Australia as Vision Four 5 and continued as a producer to achieve ARIA nominations for his work. Since 2000 Noel has been composing music for screen for advertising, TV series, short film, features and interactive and interpretive installations as well as ongoing production and mastering for Ministry of Sound. Credits include Strange Planet (1999), Smoke Between the Trees (2018 in progress) – feature film, CJ the DJ (2010), Culdesac (2017 in progress) - television series, Toyota Scion (2002), SCG (2017) – TVC, Flow (2017) – Documentary, Call of the Woodford Boy (2015) short film. Noel also works at Western Sydney University - music and is currently a PhD candidate in composition at MQU-Syd.
Diego Baldenweg with Nora Baldenweg & Lionel Vincent Baldenweg, also known as GREAT GARBO, are a multi award winning composer team. The three Swiss/Australian siblings have composed music for over 250 international TV campaigns (Dove, MasterCard, Sony), 20 films (180°, Summer Outside, The Little Witch) and for the Oscar nominated “La Femme et le TGV” staring Jane Birkin.
Paul Healy is a Sydney based composer aund sound designer and is a partner at the new music and sound production house KLANG. Credits included tv shows PACKED TO THE RAFTERS and the films PRIME MOVERS and DIRTY DEEDS.
Paul William Dawkins
Immersing herself in almost every area of music making, Petra Salsjö has a strong melodic flare and is an accomplished pianist and vocalist. Having studied Improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts (completed with first class honours), she completed Post Graduate Studies in both Screen Music (AFTRS) and Composition (Melbourne University 2014). Petra has composed for short, feature and documentary films. She has also released two independent EP’s and written for dance projects and art installations. She has toured nationally, received high rotation airplay and collaborated with some of Australia's finest musicians and songwriters. ‘Miro’ (2017), for which she composed, orchestrated, recorded and mixed the score, received BEST Original Soundtrack from the International Veterans Festival Red Poppy Awards in Canberra, Australia. It debuted at the Washington GI Film Festival, USA and was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2017 AACTA AWARDS. Her first feature was nominated for Best Original Soundtrack at the 2016 Sydney Indie Film Festival. Petra composed, orchestrated, recorded and mixed her original music for the acclaimed short film ‘The Telegram Man’ and went on to receive Best Original Score at the St Kilda Film Festival 2011. ‘The Telegram Man’ received a BAFTA LA, was screened in Gallipoli at the Dawn Service from 2012 to 2018 and archived by the American Academy of Motion Pictures in Hollywood.
Phillip Johnston has had a long career as a practitioner of film music in the US, Europe and Australia. He has worked in Hollywood, independent film, documentaries and television; his feature film scores include Geld (1989, dir. by Doris Dörrie), The Music of Chance (1993, dir. Philip Haas), Faithful (1996, dir. Paul Mazursky), and Noise (2007, dir. Henry Bean). In Australia he has scored Kathryn Millard’s Shock Room, which won best Australian documentary at the 2015 Antenna Documentary Film Festival, and Stolen Life which won Best Original Music at the Machinima Film Festival (US). His original scores for silent film have been performed at the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, the Melbourne Festival, the Revelation Perth Film Festival, the Sydney Vivid Festival and the Sydney Opera House and have toured widely throughout the USA and Europe. His multimedia project Wordless! with graphic artist Art Spiegelman (Maus), was commissioned by the Sydney Opera House and has toured widely internationally. Recent performances include The Paris Philharmonie, the Barbican Centre/London Jazz Festival, and Comicópolis in Buenos Aires. He has a parallel career as a jazz musician, with over 20 CDs as a leader or co-leader. In the USA he has co-led the Microscopic Septet with Joel Forrester since 1981–their 2017 release is Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down To Me: The Micros Play The Blues (Cuneiform); in Australia, he leads The Greasy Chicken Orchestra, and Phillip Johnston & the Coolerators, with Lloyd Swanton, Nic Cecire and Alister Spence; their most recent CD is Diggin’ Bones (2018). He has simultaneously released the recording of his silent film score for Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed. He was the 2017 winner of the Johnny Dennis Award for Film Music Composition, administered by the AGSC.
Pru Montin is an Australian-LA based composer and sound designer with a gift at sampling. She is known for creating freshly unique and evolving sonic worlds through discovered means, turning found objects (chair squeaks or anything found lying on the studio floor) into meticulously sculpted emotional musical journeys. Through her originality, she has been featured as a "Composer to Watch" by ASCAP and awarded the coveted biannual APRA AMCOS Professional Development Award for Film and Television in 2019. She was also the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Brian May Scholarship which supports a promising young Australian film composer to complete a Master's of Film Scoring at NYU and kickstart their career in the US. Whilst in the US she is fast becoming a sought after collaborator having worked with Hollywood composer's Cliff Martinez (The Neon Demon, Drive), Adam Peters (Icarus, Snowden), Michael A Levine (Cold Case, Siren) and Andrew Hewitt (The Double, Villains). She has also collaborated with acclaimed director Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary, Like a Virgin). Her film music has screened internationally (including the award-winning black comedy Heck! at Cannes and Palm Springs) and can be heard currently on the Australian ABC shows, Dream Gardens and Club Arak. In 2012, Pru received significant funding from the Australian Film Television and Radio School to develop a full size interactive music game myOrchestra, an exploration into creating an environment that uses gesture to compose through the conductor-like control of an orchestra using timbre, structure and dynamics as its main parameters. A beta version was presented at conferences including AGSC and APRA's Glories of the Score in 2013.
Rafael was the composer for two of the four Australian films at TIFF 2019. I Am Woman world premiered opening night Special Presentations. Hearts and Bones international premiered at Discovery. Ghosthunter was AACTA Nominee for Best Music for a Documentary and APRA AGSC Screen Music Nominee for Soundtrack Album. Lawless was nominee for best TV theme. Other recent scores include Australia In Colour, Vitamania, Life After The Oasis, Afghanistan: The Australian Story, Vitamania and the exhibition James Cameron Challenging The Deep. Rafael has twice previously won Best Soundtrack Album at the APRA AGSC Screen Music Awards.
Raul Torres Jr
Raul is a music composer, producer and singer/song writer from Orlando Florida USA. Raised in Apopka, Florida a suburb northwest of Orlando, Florida he developed a love for music and the creation of it. Most of his influence stems from being raised in close proximity to Walt Disney World, but also the tutelage of his high school music teachers, William T. Reneicke, Linda Boot, and Mark “Chowder” Ellis. In addition, he often refers to how much the music of Richard and Robert Sherman (The Sherman Brothers) influenced him growing up. Currently Raul composes music primarily for Film, TV and Video Games. However, he has also been noted for his symphonic winds music. In the past, Raul has studied with various music professionals and instructors from various backgrounds to include performers and musicians at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida.
Robert John Sedky
Born in Melbourne, Robert J. Sedky studied composition at Latrobe University, and has worked tirelessly and passionately since his graduation. He composed the score and sound design for Monster Media’s production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at the Melbourne Theatre Company (2017); he composed the score for the Academy Accredited Beast, winner of Best Australian Short Film at Flickerfest (2017); and he received his first international score nomination for the film 10 Grand at Cinefest (2018). Sedky was the recipient of Creative Victoria’s Artist in Schools program (2016).
Born in Bad Reichenhall, Bavaria and grew up in Sydney Australia. At a young age, Rolf loved listening to classical music on the radio (Classic FM), which led him to take piano lessons. Taking each year to learn a new instrument from the Clarient, Trombone, Trumpet & the Guitar. Rolf began writing his own compositions; during this phase, he found out that his love for music and films could work in conjunction and started to pursue studying film music. Rolf went to The McDonald College of Creative Arts from 2007 - 2011 where he studied Contemporary Music, Jazz /Percussion Ensemble and Composition. During his years at The McDonald College, Rolf had an arrangement with the acting department where he would compose original music for the school's theatrical plays including a few years 12 graduation plays. After he graduated Rolf took some time to work and later studied at The Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS) and completed his Diploma in Screen Music in 2013. Rolf has devoted his passion and extensive knowledge for film and music by working alongside great talents in the industry and hopes to excel his career into new possibilities. Rolf is currently composing the music for a feature film currently in production called "Frenzy" starring Australian icon John Jarrett.
Since debuting as a screen composer at age 20, Sam has scored feature films, short films, and mini-series’, thriving in the collaborative process between director, producer and composer. His music can take on many voices, tailored to each project. Sam is a rising composer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor and performer.
Sarah Strachan is a composer of music for film, television and video games. She is also a songwriter, piano/guitar/bass teacher and a mental health counsellor. Trained in orchestration, classical piano, jazz, rock and modern music, Sarah is adept at capturing the mood of any scene or genre. She has studied film music with Monash lecturer and esteemed film composer Amy Jorgensen and has recently written music for several short films including 'Animal Work', 'I Miss You' and a 'Go Fund Me Campaign' film for the Museum of Curiosities for Children.
Sean Tinnion is a multi - award winning British-Australian music composer for films, television, games & other multimedia productions currently based in Australia. His compositional style and sound is a mixture between haunting, evocative, emotional scores & dark ambient soundscapes that extensively use orchestra and electronic elements. Over the span of his career, he has scored almost 40 short films based in Australia and overseas, including the UK and the USA. His awards and accolades include 6 wins for 'Best Film Score' at the Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Awards, the Oniros Film Awards: New York, the Oniros Film Awards: Italy, the London International Monthly Film Festival and the APRA Screen Music Awards, Australia. He has also received a further 9 nominations for his work in film & TV. 2020 was Sean's most successful year to date, landing his first feature length film production 'The Last Horns of Africa' which is a gripping and intimate look at the current rhino poaching war raging across Africa. This then led to his second feature length film 'Jaimen Hudson: From Sky To Sea' which will be shown in cinemas Australia & New Zealand wide throughout 2021. He has two more features lined up as well as a PC video game which is set for a late 2021 completion. Born in Liverpool, England, he started out at the early age of five where his interest in music began at the piano and eventually would turn to film music. In late 2004, he immigrated to Australia where his musical skills had the opportunity to develop further. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Music Major In Composition and Music Technology in 2011 from The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, graduating in 2015. Scores to many documentaries & films have gained recognition and intertest from producers & directors both domestically around Australia and internationally. He is now one of the most sought after composers for film & TV in Perth.
Sharon Jakovsky has pursued a freelance career in the music/film industry in many different capacities including musician, film composer, sound designer, arranger and sound engineer. Her film work includes documentaries and dramas such as Re-enchantment, The Hundredth Room, Island Home Country and The Future Makers. Her work has been heard at many festivals both around Australia and internationally, as well as screening on television including ABC1, ABC2 and the Discovery Channel. In 2014 she was a Tropscore Finalist as well as being a finalist in the Mardi Gras Film Festival for Best Music and Sound in 2005, and a finalist in both the 2006 and 2007 Australian Screen Sound Awards for Best Achievement in Sound for Documentary. Sharon performs, writes and produces music in many different idioms, ranging from jazz, to world music, to rock and everything in between. She has performed at all the top venues in Sydney including the Sydney Opera House, The Basement, The Hordern Pavilion as well as touring interstate and regional areas. She has played in many music festivals around Australia and has toured Europe. She is renowned for her soulful, funky and sometimes raucous guitar playing. Sharon has a Diploma of Audio Engineering from SAE, a Diploma of Music from Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA) and a Masters in Communication from UTS. Please contact Sharon at email@example.com
Tim Count is a director, composer/producer of studio/production house MDS founded in 2003 based in Subiaco,Western Australia. It is a company that creates music and sound design for a wide range of productions. These range from feature film and short film scores, documentaries and television series soundtracks for clients such as the ABC, BBC, Discovery channel, National Geographic etc, right through to music for TV commercials both here and overseas. Graduated from jazz piano and arranging at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and continues to lecture in music technology and composition at WAAPA on a sessional basis. Is a member of Australian Guild of Screen Composers, APRA, and Australian Screen Sound Guild. Tim has won the advertising industry’s Upson Medal for Sound three times. Nominated for best music in a documentary at the 2015 Australian Screen Music Awards.
Thomas Rouch has been an AGSC Board member since 2019 and is based in Melbourne. He studied composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music under Stuart Greenbaum and Screen Music at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School under Martin Armiger, graduating with distinction from both courses. In 2011 he was invited to participate in the prestigious NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring workshop in the memory of Buddy Bakerwhere he received mentoring from composers Sean Callary (Homeland, 24) Ira Newborn (Naked Gun, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) and Mark Snow(The X-files, Smallville). Thomas has also worked with and been mentored by one of Australia’s finest film composers, Bruce Rowland (Man from Snowy River, The Cup) assisting him on the Australian Outback Arena Show. His feature film work includes One Less God, The Will to Fly – Making History, The Reckoning and The Gateway. Thomas has scored a number of award winning short films that have featured in in film festivals around the world including Melbourne International Film Festival, Flickerfest, Ireland International FilmFestival and Palm Springs International Shortfest. Thomas was nominated for Best Music at the 48 Hour Film Project and his music was used in the Malaysian documentary The Rights of the Dead winner of the Freedom Film Fest.
Victor Spiegel builds innovative harmonies and rhythms with lyricism grown from both familiar and exotic worlds. Victor started his piano concert career at the age of six performing classical repertoire up to the age of fifteen. He then decided to focus on composing and performing his own material. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California in Performance Integration of World Myths and Music. There he wrote, directed and performed his Magic Door musical, and composed and conducted his ensembles and symphonic works. His Master of Arts in Music Composition from Mills College in Oakland, California solidified his academic and professional involvement in scoring for diverse media. It also provided him a basis for subsequent directing and involvement in teaching, film and video work. Currently, Victor is Lecturer in Music at JMC Academy, Sydney For more about his projects see For more about his current projects see 9Crows.com.au
Yantra de Vilder
Yantra de Vilder is an accomplished composer and sound artist. She has worked in film, televison, radio, advertising and the broader industry for over 20 years. Her eclectic blend of musical talents encompass composition, arranging, direction, conducting and performance.